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Bo Nickal ‘perhaps 10 fights away from turning into UFC champ’

Henry Cejudo doesn’t suppose Bo Nickal is sort of prepared for the highest after UFC 300.

Nickal (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) remained unbeaten when he submitted Cody Brundage (10-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) in Spherical 2 of Saturday’s primary card opener at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.

Nickal gave himself two thumbs down for his efficiency, however Cejudo nonetheless sees championship potential within the standout wrestler – simply not proper now.

“Don’t put that strain on you, in case you’re disillusioned in your efficiency, as a result of fairly truthfully, I do consider you could possibly be a future champ at 185 kilos – however you aren’t prepared for the highest 10,” Cejudo mentioned on his “Pound 4 Pound” podcast with Kamaru Usman. “In the event that they put you up towards huge our bodies like Marvin Vettori, who’ve good jiu-jitsu, huge dudes and will additionally wrestle – even a man like Paulo ‘Borrachinha’ (Costa) … I imply, he’s not fairly prepared for that high 10.

“I feel at 185 kilos, he must go three rounds. He wants to grasp that threshold as a result of nonetheless him successful and beating these guys tremendous early, if you wish to be champion, how is it going to really feel once you really go 5 rounds towards guys like Sean Strickland, Paulo ‘Borrachinha,’ Robert Whittaker, Jared Cannonier? That weight class is completely stacked. I feel he wants to carry his horses. I feel he’s nonetheless perhaps 10 fights away from presumably turning into UFC champion.”

Nickal referred to as out Anthony Hernandez, who’s on a five-fight successful streak and ranked No. 12 within the UFC’s middleweight rankings. He’s scheduled to face Roman Dolidze at UFC 302 on June 1.

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